Political Science | War & International Conflict
Y375 | 4563 | Ehrhardt
Over the past decade it has become clear that in America, at
least, citizens' opinions are crucial in the deployment and use of military
force. Kosovo, where Clinton seemed to be conducting his foreign policy by
opinion poll, is the most obvious case, but citizens' voices have been
equally powerful in other conflicts, from Vietnam to the Persian Gulf and
elsewhere. In this era, informed citizens are necessary for the creation
and maintenance of a sensible foreign policy.
The goal of this class is to enable students to make
informed and intelligent decisions about how and when American armed forces
should be used. We will cover a variety of issues, such as ethnic conflict,
the usefulness of airpower, and how to successfully end wars.